Men’s C2 captures gold at Pan Am Games

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Silver medals for Oldershaw and Russell, Bronze for van Koeverden

Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny & Ben Russell (photo: Michael Hall, Canadian Olympic Committee)

Michelle Russell
(photo: Michael Hall, Canadian Olympic Committee)

WELLAND, ON – The crew of Gabriel Beauchesne-Sévigny of Trois-Rivières, QC and Ben Russell of Dartmouth, NS won Team Canada’s second gold medal in CanoeKayak on Monday at the Welland International Flatwater Centre. Beauchesne-Sévigny and Russell took the win in the Men’s C2 1000m event after a strong fight.

Michelle Russell of Fall River, NS won her second medal of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games. She took the silver in the Women’s K1 500m and the gold went to Cuba’s Yusmari Mengana. Michelle Russell will round out her intensive competition schedule at the Games with the Women’s K1 200m on Tuesday.

Mark Oldershaw of Burlington, ON also won a silver medal in the Men’s C1 1000m. The gold went to Brazil’s Izaquias Queiros Dos Santos. Adam van Koeverden of Oakville, ON won a bronze in the Men’s K1 1000m to bring the team’s medal count for the day to four.

Mark Oldershaw (photo: Michael Hall, Canadian Olympic Committee) COC Photo by Michael P. Hall

Mark Oldershaw
(photo: Michael Hall, Canadian Olympic Committee)

Canadian paddlers have won a total of five medals so far at the Games and will compete in six finals on the last day of competition. Mark de Jonge will race the Men’s K1 200m and will pair with Pierre-Luc Poulin for the Men’s K2 200m. Laurence Vincent-Lapointe will compete in the Women’s C1 200m and Jason McCoombs is up for the Men’s C1 200m. Émilie Fournel and Hannah Vaughan will race for their second medal of the Games in the Women’s K2 500m and Michelle Russell has the K1 200m

CanoeKayak Canada is the national governing body for competitive paddling in Canada. The organization’s vision is to be a Canadian sport for families, communities and champions. From supporting clubs to developing a competitive National Team, CanoeKayak Canada works to grow a sport which is a rich part of Canada’s heritage.

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